“We know what a terrific footballer Michael is. He always had that ability to make a pass and open a defence. He’s developed physically and improved his defensive play tremendously.”
- Sir Alex Ferguson
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One of United's most consistent performers, Michael Carrick had another excellent season in the heart of the Reds' midfield...
Start to finish: The man who makes United tick had barely warmed up in September before breaking a bone in his foot, but he was soon back and in the form of his life. A mainstay of the 16-game unbeaten run of January to March, apart from making way for Ryan Giggs in the 3-0 defeat of Chelsea, he was widely praised by the media for his superb displays. Tiredness seemed to take its toll in the late-March dip in form, but it wasn't long before he was dictating play again with his vast array of passes.
In position: Every successful side is built on a strong spine – running from the goalkeeper to the centre-forward – and for Sir Alex, Carrick is very much the backbone of the midfield. One of the first names on the team sheet, he has now made 30 or more league appearances in each of his three seasons at United.
Season highlight: When Carrick's sweetly-struck, rising left-footed drive hit the roof of Wigan’s net, it he had secured victory in the third to last game of the league campaign, and all but sealed the title.
Vital contribution: The playmaker’s greatest offering was his incredible consistency.